Every year the cold winter weather in the Northeastern U.S. brings with it a sudden increase in pothole repair for asphalt parking lots.
Water that seeps into the road during the fall rains freezes and expands, cracking the asphalt and causing increasing and widening potholes as temperatures gets colder. This is why it’s extremely important to conduct pothole repair before the cold weather hits, particularly if your business relies on parking lots, driveways or key access roads.
Fall is the best season for repairing potholes in asphalt, as during the fall months, temperatures are more temperate and there is no snow to deal with.
Pothole Repair – Why Waiting Can Be Costly
If asphalt patching is postponed until the winter, existing potholes will get worse before repairs are done, and new potholes may also appear. In the Northeast, freezing temperatures are fairly constant from December through March. Since snow sometimes starts in early December, the sooner the pothole repairs are done, the more likely the cost will be lower and the lot will be safer.
Getting pothole repair sooner rather than later also helps your commercial or industrial business to avoid a additional costs. Repair costs for your parking lots or access roads will be higher if repairs need to be done in colder weather.
Cold weather causes further damage on the asphalt, and potholes can also create a safety hazard for both drivers and pedestrians. If someone trips and falls or damages their car, litigation is possible if anyone is hurt, which is both costly and time consuming.
Pothole Repair – Do It Before Cold Weather
Pothole repair goes much more smoothly before the weather gets too cold. Repairing asphalt becomes difficult or at times even impossible when the winter weather hits, particularly when snow and ice become common, so hiring a company for asphalt patching services in the fall is preferable.
The autumn is also a good time to contact a repair company because they usually aren’t too busy; this is because, although fall is definitely the best season for pothole repairs, many business owners still wait until the winter.
If the parking lot requires seal coating, it will be necessary to fill potholes and seal any cracks in the asphalt before the coating is applied, as cracks and holes in asphalt can cause issues and make the coating uneven.
These same crevices also make asphalt roads and parking lots very difficult to clean during the winter, as they tend to become filled with snow and ice. It can be hard to clean snow and ice out of rough and uneven surfaces on asphalt parking lots.
Pothole Repair – Safety and Cost Issues
Also, for the safety of tenants and customers, it’s crucial to get asphalt driveways and parking lots inspected and repaired before winter arrives.
Not only will having the asphalt professionally patched and repaired keep everyone safe and help your business avoid possible lawsuits, but it will also save you money.
If you wait until the winter to hire a company for repairs, it may be difficult or impossible to fix potholes, and the increased damage to your asphalt will make any repairs that get done more expensive.
Have pothole problems? Give us a call at 732-886-1940. We’ve had a lot of experience solving pothole problems and can help you with you tackle your pothole repair.